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Georgia 2018 Race

Election Date: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Early Voting:
October 15 to November 2

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Gubernatorial Candidates

  • Stacey Abrams, Endorsed
  • Brian Kemp

Stacey Abrams (D)

A proven champion for reproductive health

There are folks who don’t think it’s time for a black woman to be governor of any state, let alone a state in the Deep South. But there’s no wrong time for a black woman to be in charge.

Stacey Abrams

Source: Mother Jones

This November, Georgians have the chance to elect Stacey Abrams as governor. An Ivy League-educated lawyer and a proven champion for women and families, Abrams has a vision for Georgia that gives everyone the freedom and opportunity to thrive. If elected, Stacey Abrams would be the first Black woman governor in this nation’s history, period.

Abrams’ vision for Georgia is one in which everyone has control over their health and rights. And her legislative record shows that as governor, she’ll do everything she can to make that vision a reality. She is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates.

Why We Support Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams on the Issues:


Georgia has some of the harshest abortion restrictions in the country, including a 20-week ban, and an invasive biased “counseling” law that includes a restrictive 24-hour waiting period law –– both of which are designed to block people’s access to reproductive health care. To make matters worse, the majority of Georgia women live in counties without any abortion provider, meaning they must sometimes travel hundreds of miles and many hours in order to receive care. The state’s health care exchange plan also prohibits coverage of abortion, with exceptions only to save the woman’s life or if her health is severely compromised.

In the Georgia state legislature, Abrams consistently opposed measures to restrict access to reproductive health care. In 2012, Abrams fought to keep a bill that limited insurance coverage for abortions from coming to a vote in the House. She led the fight to block the state’s dangerous 20-week abortion ban. She also voted against a measure to fund fake health centers, which often give patients inaccurate information about abortion.

In 2011, the Nation applauded Abrams for being “one of the few things standing between the women of Georgia and some of the strangest and most awful anti-abortion laws we’ve ever seen.” Abrams not only fights to protect reproductive health care, but also takes proactive steps to expand it.

Birth Control

Abrams supports access to contraception and understands that birth control is basic health care. She stated that as governor, she will “continue to ensure women have access to a full range of reproductive health services so they have the freedom and opportunity to thrive.”

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

Abrams stands for every person's ability to make their own health care decisions and will fight to protect care provided at Planned Parenthood health centers. When Abrams served in the state legislature, she led the fight against the state’s 20-week abortion ban. She also voted against a bill that funded fake women’s health centers, which spread misconceptions and misinformation about abortion. No wonder Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates has given Abrams its endorsement and has honored Abrams with the organization’s “Living Legends” award.

Health Care Access

As governor, one of Abrams’ first priorities would be to expand Medicaid in Georgia, which 75 percent of Georgians support. This would bring health care to hundreds of thousands of people, keep rural hospitals’ doors open, and ensure women have access to the care they need.

Health Equity for All

As governor, Abrams will fight for everyone in the Peach State — no matter who they are or where they come from. She stated that she is “committed to fighting for all Georgians’ access to reproductive health care services, paid family leave, and protections from pregnancy discrimination.”

Brian Kemp (R)

A far-right fan of Donald Trump — and a foe of the rights and health needs of Georgia women

As governor, I’m ready to do whatever it takes to have the strongest pro-life, anti-abortion laws in the country.

—Brian Kemp

Source: Twitter

Why did Brian Kemp win the endorsement of Donald Trump after voters had winnowed a crowded field of candidates? Because the zest Kemp shows for pursuing hard-edged policies has rivaled that of Trump himself. Kemp has pledged to sign “the strongest pro-life, anti-abortion laws in the country.” He also supports a 20-state lawsuit to have the Affordable Care Act thrown out as unconstitutional — a lawsuit that puts health care coverage at risk for hundreds of thousands of Georgians who have pre-existing conditions, and would take us back to a time when women could be charged more for health insurance.

Kemp’s extreme views pose a direct risk to Georgians’ access to health care — and would harm Georgians’ ability to get the sexual and reproductive health care services they need.

Why We Oppose Brian Kemp

  • He supports stripping health care protections for Georgians with pre-existing conditions.

  • He wants to enshrine the idea of so-called ‘personhood’ in state law, potentially interfering with access to not only abortion, but also birth control.

  • He opposes Medicaid expansion — and would seek Medicaid work requirements that might make thousands of eligible Georgians lose their health coverage.

Brian Kemp on the Issues:


Brian Kemp has made his opposition to women’s constitutional rights clear since the launch of his campaign. “I'm an unapologetic conservative,” he said on Facebook in July, “who will protect religious freedom, fight for pro-life legislation, and defend people of faith.” In Georgia, he’s supported legislation to outlaw access to abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy, which is before most people even know they are pregnant.

He’s also offered support for extreme legislation elsewhere in the South. In response to legal challenges to a medication abortion ban in Arkansas, Kemp said that as governor he would “stand up & fight for the unborn.” He also spoke out in support of politicians in Mississippi who enacted a ban on abortion after the 15th week of pregnancy. When that bill was signed into law, Kemp said he vowed “to sign the toughest abortion laws in the country as [Georgia’s] next governor.”

Health Care Access

Kemp has hardly hidden his opposition to the Affordable Care Act. In January 2018, he said: “I oppose Medicaid expansion, Obamacare, and government-run healthcare. I always have and I always will.” His rhetoric on the campaign trail makes it clear that he wants to turn that position into policy. In addition to denouncing the Affordable Care Act as a “disaster,” Kemp has cheered efforts by 20 attorneys general to have the federal health-care law declared unconstitutional — efforts which, if they succeed, would jeopardize the coverage of Georgians with pre-existing conditions and the 481,000 Georgians covered through the federal insurance exchange. This would also strip provisions of the ACA that have benefited women, including the birth control benefit which provided no-copay birth control to 62 million Americans.

Even though eight rural hospitals have closed in Georgia since 2010 — a crisis set off in part by the state’s refusal to accept federal funding for Medicaid expansion — Kemp remains steadfast in opposition to expanding Medicaid for Georgia residents in need of affordable access to care. Expansion could bring coverage to as many as 500,000 Georgians, and plug geographic coverage gaps that leave women in some Georgia counties without accessible obstetric care. Kemp, however, denounces Medicaid expansion as “throwing more government money at a failing system.”

Kemp would even seek permission from the Trump administration to impose work requirements on Georgians who obtain health care through Medicaid. When the Trump administration has implemented work requirements in states such as Arkansas, they have caused thousands of eligible people to lose health coverage.

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

Kemp shows little sign of appreciation for the cancer screenings, STI tests, and other life-saving services provided at Planned Parenthood health centers. In response to news about attempts by extreme politicians in Arkansas to ban medication abortion, Kemp tweeted, tersely: “Life wins. Planned Parenthood loses.

Health Equity for All

Throughout his campaign, Kemp has taken a stigmatizing stance toward undocumented residents of Georgia — even threatening in a campaign ad to “round up criminal illegals and take ’em home myself.” If Kemp becomes governor, that tone may deter some immigrant residents of Georgia from accessing health care services and reporting sexual assaults or incidents of domestic violence by stoking fear and anxiety about public agencies sharing immigrants’ personal information with ICE.

Kemp has campaigned on ending so-called “sanctuary cities,” even though Georgia adopted legislation to ban sanctuary cities in 2009. Efforts to punish sanctuary cities by withholding government funding, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis, “could jeopardize activities ranging from HIV treatment, family planning services and Zika preparedness to routine immunization outreach and screening homes for lead.” Fear of federal immigration enforcement, meanwhile, has fueled a mistrust of local authorities that has caused fewer Latinos to report crimes in some U.S. cities — especially, according to one study, “sexual assault and abuse cases.”

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